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Original content is overrated anyway: Smart Compose is coming to Google Docs

Last year, Google introduced Smart Compose to Gmail, a feature that takes the words right out of your mouth and completes sentences for you. It seems that it's both popular and reliable, as the company wants to start a test of the service in Google Docs, helping you complete common phrases and sentences more easily.

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(Update: Fixed) Google Assistant refuses to answer some users on Android Auto, despite understanding requests

Google Assistant and Android Auto didn't play together nicely a while ago when the Assistant muted itself over Bluetooth for some. Another unrelated issue has now surfaced where Google simply doesn't answer voice commands on Android Auto, even though it understands and parses speech perfectly fine.

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26 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games, including Pujie Black

Happy Wednesday, everyone. No long intro today, I'll just let you get right into the apps. Enjoy.

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Google Earth gets new map-based storytelling creations tools

Google Earth got a full makeover two years ago with support for modern web browsers and new apps. Google also rolled out the Voyager program with the new Earth, featuring stories from the BBC, The Jane Goodall Institute, and more. Now, the map-based storytelling tools used for the Voyager experiences are available to everyone in Google Earth on the web.

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Spark, a popular alternative to Inbox, finally gets a dark mode on mobile

When Spark made its way to Android, some users who were let down by Inbox rejoiced, as they could turn to a popular alternative to replace the defunct service. Unfortunately, the app didn't come with a dark mode, which is a must-have for many people. Thankfully, Spark just gained one, which will make reading emails on your phone easier on the eyes and more battery-efficient.

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Samsung Music comes to Android Auto [APK Download]

Samsung phones come with a pre-installed music player. Apart from supporting local music playback, it also integrates with Spotify, which lets you combine your personal library with the one from the streaming service. However, on Android Auto, you had to resort to the dedicated Spotify app, as Samsung Music never worked with Google's in-car software experience. That has now changed with the latest update to Samsung's app, which enables playback and control on your vehicle's dashboard and brings support for Android 10.

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Google Maps makes foreign travel easier by pronouncing place names and helping with translation (Update: Rolling out)

Google Maps is a reliable way to navigate your way to local and far-flung destinations, though sometimes while travelling, knowing where you want to go isn't enough. It can be difficult to communicate your needs when you don't speak or read the local language. Continuing its trend of travel-friendly updates, Google is integrating Translate features into Maps. The app will soon be able to understand and pronounce — hopefully more accurately than it pronounces "boulevard" — the local language.

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(Update: Pricing) Enpass is moving to a subscription model, promises not to charge existing Pro users

Enpass is one of the better password managers out there, especially if you want to choose your own cloud service or server for synchronization. It's also one of only a few that offer one-time purchases instead of recurring fees, but that's about to change. Enpass has announced that it's going to move to a subscription model, though it promises to keep features free for people who purchase the app before the switch happens.

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(Update: Official launch and pricing) Wyze is testing a paid service for longer videos in the cloud

Wyze offers a selection of great smart home products at affordable prices, but it's best known for its capable and inexpensive security cameras. In addition to support for local microSD card storage, they can also upload events detected by motion to the cloud, but clips have always been limited to 12 seconds. Now the company is testing a paid option that lets you upload full events to the cloud, without duration restrictions and cooldown rates.

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(Update: Xiaomi statement) Xiaomi's Quick Apps is being flagged and blocked by Google Play Protect

Like most Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi's Android phones come with heavy UI customizations and many pre-installed apps featuring advertisements no one asked for — in fact, this release model is part of the reason why Xiaomi is routinely able to undercut its competition in price. However, the company might be too thirsty about collecting personal data to show individualized ads, as its Quick apps application has been blocked by Google Play Protect because of potential tracking issues.

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